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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA Philosophy

Philosophy is the oldest academic subject in the world and its concerns have given rise to nearly all other specialized academic disciplines. The primary motivation of philosophy is the same as the underlying motivation of all academic thought; the desire for knowledge and understanding. Philosophy is an attempt to understand our reality, our attempts at knowledge, our quest for a good and meaningful lives and most ambitiously, our construction of a society that might make these good lives possible.

Course work in philosophy will explore the major areas of the discipline. Logic and critical thinking courses will explore the methodology of philosophic discourse and academic discourse in general. The other core courses will explore the epistemological, metaphysical, ethical and political dimensions of philosophy. The philosophy program also offers courses exploring the history of philosophy from its beginnings in the ancient world through contemporary philosophy. The program also offers a collection of courses which explore the philosophic concerns manifested in the world's religions. If you have a curious mind and seek understanding, then philosophy may be the major for you.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of metaphysics and epistemology.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of ethics and political philosophy.

Career Opportunities

Philosophy graduates find careers in law, business, government, counseling, teaching, writing, computer systems analysis and other areas involving analytic skills.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 34
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 90 units is required to include

Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
  • Core (14 units)
  • Suppport courses (20 units)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

Online Courses for Philosophy

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every tow years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core Courses (14 units)

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
PHIL 4 Introduction to Philosophy 4
PHIL 8 Ethics 5
And select ONE from the following:
PHIL 1 Critical Thinking & Writing 5
PHIL 7 Introduction to Symbolic Logic 5

 

Support Courses (20 units)

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
Select 12 units from the following:
PHIL 2 Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy 4
PHIL 12 Philosophy of Science 4
PHIL 20A History of Western Philosophy from Socrates through St. Thomas 4
PHIL 20B History of Western Philosophy from the Renaissance through Kant 4
PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East 4
PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West 4
And 8 units * from the following:
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
ART 2A History of Art: History of Western Art from Prehistory through Early Christianity 4.5
or ART 2AH Honors History of Art: History of Western Art from Prehistory through Early Christianity 4.5
ART 2B History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance 4.5
or ART 2BH Honors History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance 4.5
ART 2C History of Western Art from the Baroque to Modernism 4.5
ART 2F Introduction to Asian Art 4.5
BUSI 70 Business & Professional Ethics 4
HIST 4A History of Western Civilization to 800 CE 4
HIST 4B History of Western Civilization: 700-1800 4
HIST 4C History of Western Civilization 1789-Present 4
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
or HUMN 1H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict 4
HUMN 5 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Modern World 4
or HUMN 5H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Modern World 4
HUMN 6 The Shock of the New: From the Modern to the Contemporary 4
POLI 3 Introduction to Political Philosophy/Political Theory 5
or POLI 3H Honors Introduction to Political Philosophy/Political Theory 5
POLI 9  Political Economy 4
PSYC 1 General Psychology 5
or PSYC 1H Honors General Psychology 5
PSYC 4 Introduction to Biopsychology 4
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5

* Students may also use additional philosophy courses from the first section of support courses to fulfill the requirement for the second section of support courses.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Philosophy 2020-2021.

Based on the 2020 - 2021 degree program.

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